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‘Tis the Season for Increased Cybersecurity Vigilance

December 11, 2017

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, more than 174 million Americans shopped online and in stores from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. That weekend may be in the past, but there are still plenty of opportunities for threat actors to exploit poor cybersecurity practices.

As retailers continue to push out deals to consumers over the next month, fraudsters will seek opportunities to breach personal information, spread malware and prey on the abundance of data being shared during the hectic holiday season. For example, in 2016, researchers from IBM X-Force identified a phishing campaign that sent emails from an address that appeared to be from The emails contained fake tracking numbers and attachments to embed ransomware onto users’ computers.

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